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Ferrari FF Gets Keyed on Camera, Scratching Becomes Painful

While the chemical side of the automotive industry evolves, giving us a plethora of finishes that last for longer than ever before, there's one paint enemy that has remained as basic as always - keying. But does the industry have a solution for that?
Ferrari FF Gets Keyed on Camera 1 photo
Automakers such as Infiniti have introduced self-healing finishes for quite some time now, but as we've noticed during a series of tests, the average key-induced damage seems to overwhelm the paint's self-healing properties. And this is where the aftermarket steps in, with protective films having become a trend over the last few years.

While the wrap industry has slowed down its progress, mainly due to second-skin finishes such as Plasti Dip becoming more and more popular, when it comes to transparent films, the trend is still on the rise. Should you take care of your four-wheeled pride and joy with such a film?

A potential answer comes from the piece of footage below, which shows a Ferrari FF owner keying his car. Why would a man use his house keys to try and scratch his family-savvy Prancing Horse? Well, the owner we're dealing with happens to be Youtuber Shmee150, who is trying to prove a point.

Tim, to use his real name, has had the front fascia of his FF covered with a transparent protective film and wanted to see how this could withstand the... test of the passerby's anger (this is our input here). So will the film help the all-wheel-drive Maranello machine keep its Blue Le Mans safe?

With this being a Golden Era color that Ferrari reinvented for its contemporary models, the stakes are high and you'll get the answer to that by hitting the "play" button below. If you happen to be in a rush, you can jump to the 6:20 mark for the cringe-worthy part of the action.

P.S.: Yes, such films do tend to become visible after a while, since dirt is gathered at the edges, so don't expect them to act like a fairy taking care of your ride.

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